Tips + Tools Thursday: RINGing in New Beginnings

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I've loved hearing about all the holiday proposals that happened so far and wanted to reach out to some that may still be in the works...

While I was out running errands earlier, I walked by a couple of higher end collateral lenders (aka pawn shops) and was drawn to their eye catching displays of freshly polished wedding band sets when it occurred to me, do people consider getting their engagement rings from these sort of establishments? It may not be one's initial or even ideal place to make a huge wedding related investment, but we often buy many things used- houses, cars, clothes and don't think twice about it. We love items that are unique, custom, have history... so what difference does it make when it comes to an engagement ring? It may have not worked out for one reason or another with the original owner or maybe they got into a financial bind and really needed the money, but these precious sentiments deserve a new beginning as well! Long after the proposal and the wedding day itself, is reality; making it all work and creating new memories. I wanted to bring this to the attention of those who have had it in your heart to propose, yet may find a lack in finances stopping you from doing so. It's about to be a new year and no better time than the present to 'altar' your thinking! If you aren't superstitious and open to a non-traditional way of obtaining a gorgeous wedding ring while getting the most bang for your buck, consider all the rare gems found at your local pawn shop. No one will ever guess where you got it! 

Cheers to another incredibly blessed year and i'll see you lovebirds in 2013 :)

Image via: MDC Diamonds

Fabulous Friday: Favors & Wedding Bars

Friday, December 21, 2012

Twas the TGIF before Christmas and today's post is all about wedding bars! I'm not talking about the latest and greatest in alcohol selection, rather the quirky, unexpected and often mouthwatering delights or creative favors that guests get to take home. I know the candy and dessert bars are always a huge hit but I especially love going to a wedding where the couple throws you for a curve ball (the good kind)!

There are wedding bars that serve as customized mini buffet stations as well as interactive take away treats that have significance to the bride and groom. Two keys to an amazing bar are: presentation and offering a variety of fixins. Here are a few of my faves!

Mashed potatoes served in a Martini Glass (aka "Mashtini"), the ultimate appetizer! 
via Intimate Weddings

 A Colorful Candy Apple Bar to celebrate the kid in all of us!
via Amy Atlas

A Gourmet Popcorn Bar for late night munchies!
via Morin's Fine Catering

What a lovely favor, a sachet keepsake to fill your car or home with the blissful scent of romance!

~Other mention-worthy/notable wedding bar ideas~

Pasta Bar
This would require a live chef to heat up all the fixin's

Mimosa or Yogurt Bar
Perfect for a brunch wedding or shower

Lastly, i'll leave you with this awesome lil' read by Emmeline Bride that has great tips regarding Wedding Favors. Since favors are a bonus, you may as well consider some practical advice so your money and effort is well spent and enjoyed!

Tell All About It Tuesday: A Woodlands Holiday Styled Shoot

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I had been planning this shoot for months. I kept checking the weather report hoping that would miraculously report that the rain had subsided but when we got to Running Springs, it clearly did not. As a result of the rain, we were stuck in traffic, started setting up almost 2 hours behind schedule and were racing against time since the sun would soon disappear. All the outside vignettes I dreamed up would have to be quickly staged indoors and our models would have to pose in the brisk air and rain. But you know what? Everyone made it happen! We braved the rain and in my humble opinion, it worked out beautifully! The outdoor shots in our real Bride's mom's yard turned out stunning, dreamy and romantic. Her cozy cabin gave the detailed shots warmth and intimacy. I uploaded some highlights on our Facebook page and here are some other images that I'd like to share :)

All you need is...

Join us at Twilight... so fitting for how this shoot turned out! Thanks Cathy, you nailed it ;)

Get your hot cocoa on!

 The caption reads: 
Your presence is the best present ever! Please take a moment to sign an ornament with your wishes and wisdom so we may continue to celebrate our holidays with you for all the years to come!

 Gorgeous cake!!! The sequins applique was from a headband from Charlotte Russe of all places!

A Table for Two

And then it rained... notice the water smearing the ink! 

What it really looked like behind the scenes! 

What a beautiful bride :) 

A classic moment

 Dress details.. the leaves matched the leaves on the invites, too!

Burgundy & cafe au lait dahlias, blue thistle, roses and dusty miller

Here I am fixing her hem :)


 The groom looking ever so dapper!!! Don't you just LOVE this slate velvet bow tie from Boutaugh?

I had to throw this one in for laughs.. we were so wrapped up in the moment, we forgot to remove his blue coat clip! This WILL be edited out LOL

What to Wear Wednesday: Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection at Target

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

You probably wouldn't put the words Target and Wedding in the same sentence but with all the great designers and higher end brands popping up at your fave local convenient store, makes it all the more exciting to pay closer attention to what glorious stocking stuffers await! Who doesn't love Target? I remember when Gwen Stefani launched Harajuku kids and Missoni debuted; both were a huge hit! Target continually delivers practical needs and style on a budget couldn't be more accessible! 

Soon as I walked through the doors this morning, I noticed a huge Neiman Marcus sign that displayed sparkly Marc Jacobs ipad covers (what bridesmaid wouldn't want one?), handsome Rag & Bone shot glasses, nifty flasks for your groomsmen and these super cute Marchesa and Jason Wu holiday dresses that would look so adorable on your flower girls! 

To preview more of the Neiman Marcus collection at Target, click here. Happy Holiday Shopping! :)

Tips + Tools (Thankful) Thursday: A Sparkling Sequins of Events

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm loving this time of year when get-togethers are more abundant and folks are getting gussied up in their holiday best! A little sparkle goes a LONG way, especially amongst everyone rockin' their favorite black or red dress. Sequins are the perfect, unexpected accent to glam up your wedding festivities too!

Sequins Engagement Invitation Suite by Paperwork Envy 

 Chevron sparkle table setting by Glow Event Design

 Gorgeously gilded sequins table runner via Belle the Magazine
 Purple ombre sequin cake via Brides Magazine

A Stunning sequin wedding dress and headband combo by Johanna Johnson

 Sequins wedding gown via BHLDN

 Silver sequins on black bowtie by EveryJobCounts

Halston Heritage "Jenny" Rosegold Sequined Clutch

Alternating sequin skirts and tops featured on Girly Weddings

What to Wear Wednesday: Mis-Matched Groom(smen)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I remember being in sixth grade and laying out the next day's outfit the night before. My scrunchie matched my double-layered socks and the balance of colors alternated perfectly. Yes, I was that kid! If someone showed me the following photos back then, I would have protested that you're not supposed to mix plaids with stripes and patterns only go best next to solids... I'm sooo glad that I'm way past those days and many others are more open minded about not putting a limit on style, especially when it comes to one's wedding day! Each person that we choose to be a part of our entourage is unique in their own way and how exciting is it to express and celebrate their individuality rather than having everyone look so uniformed. I'm loving that not only do the bridesmaids get to experiment with mis-matchy dresses, but that guys are being more adventurous as well!

Sooo much character! A striking yet polished ensemble
via Klein Epstein Parker

Two kinds of Herringbone with Gingham and Tweed
via MensStyle1

Nick Cannon sporting paisley, floral and plaid at the BMI Awards 
via Yahoo News

Jeans paired with mis-matched textures/colors for a less formal look
via The Bride With a Blog

Mis-matchy Vested Groomsmen 
via Lemongrass Photography

The more conservative side of mis-matched, yet still classic. Grey, Brown & Purple Groom 
via The Natural Wedding Co. UK 

Make it Yourself Monday: Mercury Glass

Monday, November 5, 2012

It's the first week of November and although it's 95 degrees in Los Angeles today, I'm reminded that Christmas is around the corner. Aside from the typical reds and greens that adorn the seasonal aisles, metallics have really caught my eye. Something about the subtlety of golds and silvers are a refreshing burst of color during this time of the year. 

For our first "Make it Yourself: Monday," I wanted to highlight Mercury Glass. You may have seen it around more and more lately but have not known the term for it. Basically, it's a silvery, mirror-like finish that looks as if it's been a bit weathered. Authentic, vintage mercury glass is not cheap but there is a much more inexpensive way to achieve the same look. Beyond wedding decor, you'll find that it really is a quite versatile look to compliment many styles and color combos within your home.

Mercury glass is the perfect addition of elegance for a rustic fall centerpiece.

Mercury glass pairs well with clear glass and crystal. 

These dahlias and succulents are displayed beautifully in these low mercury glass vases and compotes.

Click on this link for a complete "How-To: DIY Antique Mercury Glass" via 17 Apart

Image Credits:
Lavender and Ash

Thursday Tips + Tools: A Pretty Table For Two

Thursday, November 1, 2012

So much thought is put into many other aspects of the wedding that when it comes to setting up the Sweetheart Table, it oftentimes is left up to the florist or wedding planner to make suggestions. I'm so glad to see less requests for traditional head tables as I feel the bridal party should have the freedom to sit with the other guests while the newlyweds enjoy some intimacy. 

There are many ways to personalize this small space and tie in your theme or color scheme to create a picture perfect scene without the clutter: add your initials on the table, display a favorite quote, hang a sign on your chairs, a lovely backdrop, low flower arrangement or a few candles and voila- instant awesomeness! 

I love the idea of these large, plush vintage chairs pushed closer together of course!

Romantic lighting drapes overhead, with your personal table sandwiched in between two long rectangular tables for an elegant rustic vibe. 

I've seen half-moon, circle and mini rectangles often used for a sweetheart table. This vibrant, square table for two is set up quite nicely.

A pretty backdrop adds some flair to a quaint sweetheart table.

A little signage that says it all, combined with the bride's bouquet to finish it off saves money not having to order an extra arrangement and keeps it sweet and simple!

Images via:
Belle the Magazine
Heart Love Weddings
Love and Splendor

Fabulous Friday Color Crush: Oxblood

Friday, October 26, 2012

Autumn weddings are not just about oranges and browns anymore. Deep red, burgundy, cranberry, garnet, chocolate cherry, bordeaux... these are all different names for this season's hottest hue. Oxblood is rich, sophisticated and bold. Are you that bride?

Leighton Meester in Vera Wang

Burgundy mixed bouquet via Viedka

Chocolate cherry lips! Try- Nars Lipsticks: Volga, Valparaiso or Damned Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.

Fall spin on a sheath dress by: ASOS

Oxblood "Saffi" Mary Janes from TopShop via Raindrops of Sapphire

Velvet Burgundy Bowtie via Topman

Signature Cocktail: Cranberry Amaretto Kiss via Deliciously Organic